Leash Training Your Puppy

Leash training your puppy doesn't mean harshly disciplining him. In fact, it can be fun, just like a game, if you know how to do it right - and follow some simple tips.

Puppy Dogs Are Different

Some puppies will be more obedient than others. While one will recognize your "I mean it" tone, and obey instantly, another will either miss it - or ignore it deliberately! Don't get angry or distressed. Repeat the command, and do it until he listens.

Give Him A Long Leash

Start with a long leash when teaching your puppy new lessons. Now that he's on a leash, he cannot run off or get away ignoring your commands. Begin training alone, without other dogs or distractions. As you advance in your leash training, you can move to more natural surroundings.

It is important to make sure he understands to obey not just when you are alone with him, but under all situations.

Don't Overdo Leash Training

Work with your puppy alone, and not too long. The little pet's capacity to concentrate is limited. Don't make him too tired. Stop when you see his energy flagging. End each session on some achievement, so you have a good reason to praise him, perhaps even give him a treat.

This positive reinforcement will mean leash training your puppy is an activity to be looked-forward to, not dreaded.

Home Training Is Enough

Don't worry too early about obedience classes or going to a dog school. Basic commands like "Come", "Down" and "Stay" are easy to teach your puppy yourself. While some puppies take naturally to collar and leash, others rebel and react by barking or biting.

Start with a narrow collar and long leash for comfort, while making sure your puppy cannot get out of it, or hurt himself by straining too hard at it.

Be Consistent

Leash training your puppy must be consistent to be effective. Some owners never put a collar on a puppy when indoors. But if you leave it on all day, then it can give your puppy the idea that it's just a form of 'dressing up' - and he adapts to it quite naturally.

By using a commonsense approach to dog training, you can make this new unfamiliar action pleasant to your little pup. Just be sure to make it fun and you'll get the most compliance out of your pet.